What’s Up in Literary Events in Ottawa, October, 2018





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 TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices in the body of an email; (the text needs to permit copy and paste. Exceptions: Accompanying images such as photos and book cover) to Arlene Smith at NCRadmin@canadianauthors.org



 Meeting start time 7:15 p.m . • A writing challenge at the start of every regular monthly meeting to engage those in attendance and to develop our writing skills. • A short reading by a member at the start of every monthly meeting to promote our writers and to inspire others with great ideas. LOCATION: McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. Ottawa

More information on the topics for upcoming meetings on our website at CAA-NCR Meetings



Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Short Story Writing, with Jean Van Loon

In preparation for the National Capital Writing Contest, Jean Van Loon will share the fundamentals of spectacular short story writing. Make your work stand out in the crowd.

BIO: Jean Van Loon has published short prose, poetry, and reviews in Canadian literary magazines across the country. Her first poetry collection, Building on River, was published by Cormorant Books this year. Her stories have appeared in The Dalhousie Review, The New Quarterly, The Queen’s Quarterly, Event, Room, Ottawa Magazine and Journey Prize Stories 19.  She holds a graduate diploma in creative writing from the Humber School of Writing and an MFA from the University of British Columbia.




 January 21 – February 9, 2019  Winter Writers Retreat

This self-directed program offers time and space for writers to retreat, reconnect, and re-energize their writing practice. In addition to a single room, which doubles as your private studio, you will be surrounded by a community of artistic peers. You will have the opportunity to attend talks and performances, and meet with guest faculty to consult on your work.

Apply by October 10

March 11-23, 2019  Spring Writers Retreat

This residency is designed for emerging and established writers with a proven publication record seeking a period of dedicated, self-directed time to work on a project in any genre. Work away from the constraints of everyday life and delve deep into your creative project. Participants can request to extend their stay. Apply by November 28

Apply by November 28



WRITESCAPE Turning Leaves 2018

 November 2 – 4, 2018, Fern Resort, Lake Couchiching, Ontario


It’s the tenth anniversary and Writescape is celebrating in style! Our guest author this fall is…

Andrew Pyper: Canada’s answer to Stephen King

Bestselling author Andrew Pyper’s books expertly explore the mysteries of the dark and disturbing. His short stories and novels have thrilled readers in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.

Among his many prizes, he’s been awarded the Arthur Ellis Award, the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Hardcover Novel, the Grant Allen Award for contributions to Canadian crime and mystery literature, and been listed in The New York Times Notable Books and The Globe & Mail‘s 100 Best Books of the Year.

Andrew is also a dynamic creative writing teacher who routinely sells out his workshops. Enjoy a Friday evening fireside chat with Andrew and a Saturday morning workshop to focus on your skills and move your writing to a whole new level. More info:





Links to contests and submission calls visit CAA-NCR website here: http://canadianauthors.org/nationalcapitalregion/contests/writing-contests-calls-for-Wsubmission/



DEADLINE:  The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue.

Bywords.ca considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine.

We will pay $75 for previously unpublished reviews of 500 words or more of recent Canadian poetry books and chapbooks. Send your reviews as .doc, .docx, .rtf files to amanda@bywords.ca by the end of the month for consideration for the next issue of Bywords.ca. FOR SUBMISSION INFO: www.bywords.ca and click on Guidelines.  Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Ottawans & former Ottawans, we want yr poems. guidelines @ Bywords.ca #wewantyrbywords #ottpoetry #613local #submissions PRT  Bywords.ca’s literary events calendar here: http://www.bywords.ca/calendar/index.php with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to events@bywords.ca



Eyelands Book Awards 2018 Genre: Any Entry Fee: $30 USD  Deadline: October 20, 2018

Prize: Grand prize (published books): Five-day holiday in Athens plus a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards and publication (excerpts) online on their website. Grand prize (unpublished books): Publication from Strange Days Books. See website for more.

Description: Eyelands.gr literary magazine, in collaboration with Strange Days Books, organize an annual international short story contest, which is the only international short story contest based in Greece.

Details: https://eyelandsawards.com/


CBC Short Story Prize Genre: Unpublished fiction between 1200 and 1800 words Entry Fee: $25 (taxes included) for administration purposes is required for each entry Deadline: October 31, 2018

Prize: The winner receives $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, will have their story published on CBC Books and will have the opportunity to attend a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their story published on CBC Books. Description: All Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada are welcome to enter this contest. Details: http://www.cbc.ca/books/literaryprizes/cbc-short-story-prize-1.4090935





EVENTS OCT. 1, 6, 18, 20 AND OCT. 25 -30

For more details, info on authors and locations see the link here:



TREE READING SERIES at Happy Goat Coffee, 35 Laurel St. Ottawa (Hintonburg)

Tuesday, OCTOBER  9 FEATURING: Domenica Martinello + Quatuor Gualuor

8:00p Readings Open Mic and Featured Readers

Domenica Martinello

All day she dreams about sirens.  Domenica Martinello is the author of the forthcoming book of poetry All Day I Dream About Sirens (Coach House Books 2019). She was a finalist for the 2017 Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, the winner of the carte blanche 3Macs award, and the recipient of the Deena Davidson Friedman Prize for Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Recent writing has appeared in Poetry Northwest, THIS Magazine, The Globe & Mail, Canadian Notes & Queries, Vallum, PRISM International, Lemon Hound, and elsewhere. Martinello holds an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in Montréal.

Quatuor Gualuor  Vocal entertainabilities for audiential audiation

the Quatuor Gualuor is an Ottawaän repertoire sound poetry ensemble dedicated to providing optional vocal entertainabilities for your audiential audiation. it is ordinarily a quintet directed by cultural factotum/artcop jwcurry & has existed with a variety of personnel since 2oo7, currently consisting of Conyer Clayton, curry, nina jane drystek, Chris Johnson & Alastair Larwill, with occasional auxiliary. repertoire includes works by Antonin Artaud, Hugo Ball, Four Horsemen, Owen Sound, Mike Patton, Frank Zappa & members of the band. “Now That’s sound poetry as it Should Be performed” –Richard Truhlar at Intermission, “MESSAGIO GALORE take IX”, Toronto 2o12

More info: www.treereadingseries.ca


Canzine Ottawa 2018  SATURDAY OCT. 13, 2018   12 pm – 6 pm

Ottawa Art Gallery – Galerie d’art d’Ottawa

50 Mackenzie King Bridge, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 0C5

 Hosted by Broken Pencil Magazine and 2 others

The festival of zine culture and independent arts! Presented for the first time in Ottawa in conjunction with the Ottawa Art Gallery and SAW Video! Join fellow zinesters, artists, and supporters at the first stop of Canada’s biggest zine festival! We’ve got tons of cool events planned, and much more!
Full Ottawa schedule: https://oaggao.ca/canzine-ottawa


the Ottawa small press book fair autumn 2018 / 24th anniversary event will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in room 203 of the Jack Purcell Community Centre (on Elgin, at 320 Jack Purcell Lane).

General info: the ottawa small press book fair noon to 5pm (opens at 11:00 for exhibitors)
admission free to the public.  $25 for exhibitors, full tables   $12.50 for half-tables

(payable to rob mclennan, c/o 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9; paypal options also available
Note: for the sake of increased demand, we are now offering half tables.
To be included in the exhibitor catalog:
 please include name of press, address, email, web address, contact person, type of publications, list of publications (with price), if submissions are being considered and any other pertinent info, including upcoming ottawa-area events (if any). Be sure to send by November 10th if you would like to appear in the exhibitor catalogue.

Contact: rob mclennan at rob_mclennan (at) hotmail.com for questions, or to sign up for a table. http://smallpressbookfair.blogspot.com/2018/08/the-ottawa-small-press-fair-autumn-2018.html

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